Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany. Düsseldorf is an international business and financial centre, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. The city is headquarters to five Fortune Global 500 and several DAX companies. Messe Düsseldorf organises nearly one fifth of premier trade shows.

Düsseldorf is known for its academy of fine arts (Joseph Beuys, Emanuel Leutze, August Macke, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Andreas Gursky), its pioneering influence on electronic/experimental music (Kraftwerk) and its Japanese community. On the Rhine River, Düsseldorf holds Rhenish Carnival celebrations every year in February-March. Mercer's 2012 Quality of Living survey ranked Düsseldorf sixth city in the world.

Düsseldorf in "The Catcher in the Rhine"Edit

A young American tourist paid boat fare to Düsseldorf along the Rhine River. So bad did the river smell that he got off early in Isenstein.[1] After his strange adventure in the distant past, the young man wondered if he could still find a boat connection to Düsseldorf.[2]


  1. Atlantis and Other Places, p. 124.
  2. Ibid., p. 141.